Painting, patronage and collecting in England during the Civil Wars and Interregnum, c.1640-1660

Burns, Emily (2019) Painting, patronage and collecting in England during the Civil Wars and Interregnum, c.1640-1660. PhD thesis, University of Nottingham.

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In the period from 1640 until 1660 England witnessed religious dispute, political dissent and military conflict which led to the overthrow of the monarchy and the foundation of a republic. This era of the English Civil War and Commonwealth and Protectorate governments has therefore come to be defined as a time of change and 'revolution' in a number of ways, including in the arts. However, there is evidence to suggest that this disruption to the status quo did not extend so deep into the established infrastructure of the 'art world' and habits of its players as has previously been asserted in art-historical assessments of the period.

This thesis will interrogate the assumption that English artistic development stalled during the wars and was stifled during the Interregnum. Through select case studies, it will consider and throw fresh light on the experiences and activities of individuals from the three groups which made up the art market in this period: the artists, the art dealers, and the art patrons and collectors. In particular, this study will investigate the survival and success of the art of painting in these years, and the extent to which it prospered in London and continued to be consumed along established lines of courtly fashion and display.

The evidence presented in this thesis suggests that fashionable artistic taste tended to transcend religious and political allegiances so that art patronage of the Caroline model persisted on both sides of the divide in England through the 1640s and 1650s. This continued pattern of patronage and collecting, combined with the sales of royal and courtly art collections, buoyed London's painting market so that it retained its place at the centre of the English art world.

Item Type: Thesis (University of Nottingham only) (PhD)
Supervisors: Wrigley, Richard
Wood, Jeremy
Merritt, Julia
Keywords: Civil War, Interregnum, Art, Painting, Collecting, England
Subjects: D History - General and Old World > DA Great Britain
N Fine Arts > N Visual arts (General). For photography, see TR
Faculties/Schools: UK Campuses > Faculty of Arts > School of Humanities
Item ID: 53593
Depositing User: Burns, Emily
Date Deposited: 26 Apr 2022 08:17
Last Modified: 10 Feb 2023 15:26

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